Having spent years lingering in development hell, New Line’s Mortal Kombat reboot has now found a director.
Variety is reporting that Simon McQuoid is the man tasked with helming the redo, with James Wan on board to produce alongside Michael Clear, Jeremy Stein and Todd Garner. This will actually be McQuoid’s feature film debut, although he’s previously directed video game commercials for PlayStation and the Halo franchise.
The last we’d heard on the reboot, Greg Russo had penned a screenplay that producer Wan had described as “that fantasy version, the video game version, of Enter the Dragon.” There’s no news whether Russo’s script is still in place for the film at this stage.
Mortal Kombat itself began life back in 1992 as a video game from Midway Games. Following in the footsteps of Street Fighter II's huge success, the original Mortal Kombat looked to jump on the popularity of fighting games at that time, and gave gamers a bloody, brutal alternative to what was already out there. Several further games followed over the decades, with last year’s Mortal Kombat X being the most recent. Additionally, big screen adaptations have also happened before, with Paul W.S. Anderson helming 1995’s Mortal Kombat, which was in turn followed by Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and several TV series and webseries.
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